When I first listened to Tiny Dancer a couple of days before the gig, I was made to expect a Grimes meets Jessie Ware sort of deal. When it actually came down to the live performance, it was quite different.
The start of the gig was something I would never have been able to predict; a cover of ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears. This was, however, in no way a bad thing; the cover was a good reimagining of it, without any flaws. Tiny Dancer then went on to play some of her own material. For the most part, her own songs were really pop-rock-y, examples being the songs ‘Piece In’ and ‘Touch Me’.
Breaking away from Tiny Dancer’s above style most of all was the song ‘Hiding’, which had a nice old school R&B slowjam feel to it, with an absolutely beautiful e-piano riff. After this song I found that her voice sounded more like a soulful Britney Spears (fitting in well with the opening), quite similar to Kelly Clarkson really.
In between these originals came a smattering of covers. ‘Latch’ by Disclosure, which I was keen to see what they would do with, ended up being excellently delivered. I had wondered how well it’d translate, and slapped bass really brought a whole new feel – quite possibly the best part of the performance for me. Then came a cover of ‘Melt’ by the Mystery Jets and ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Shaka Khan, both of which were done really well; stylistically delivered and really nicely played.
But as I came out of the gig, I did have a strange sense that I’d seen a completely different band. Nothing online by them sounded anything like the band, and neither of the songs I could find online were played on the night, to which I have no explanation.
Anyhow, overall it was an energetic and enjoyable gig that I think sounded good, despite the recordings to live performance confusion.
One last thing I want to say is about the support band. Patawawa, a three-piece disco troupe from Matlock, were really fun and I enjoyed them a huge amount. I would rate them highly.
By Mitchell Nunn